25 Years of Preservation in Elgin A Preface Featuring a short history of Old Main
Old Main 2007 Photo
Old Main 1980 Photo
Every Good Story Needs … <ul><li>A visionary goal </li></ul><ul><li>A few heroes </li></ul><ul><li>A few pitfalls and chal...
Elgin Academy  <ul><li>Chartered in 1839 as school for secondary education </li></ul><ul><li>It was an idea bigger than th...
The Visionary
Elgin Academy  <ul><li>The doors open December 1, 1856.  </li></ul><ul><li>Open to persons of all religious denominations ...
 
 
 
A Bailout? <ul><li>The Civil War slump in enrollment  leads to financial problems. The Academy need $3,000 to avoid forecl...
A Hero “ It’s a blame shame to the citizens of Elgin  to permit this sale. I will be the one to redeem it.”
A new businesses plan  The Ability to Adapt
n  The Ability to Adapt
Elgin Public High School  <ul><li>In 1884 a new, a free, public high school opens… </li></ul><ul><li>Dependent entirely on...
Lovell Hall The Ability to Adapt
Lovell Hall The Ability to Adapt 3 rd  Floor : Wood Shop 2 nd  Floor: Machine Shop 1 st  Floor : Blacksmith and Foundry
 
 
Follow the Money  <ul><li>What money? </li></ul><ul><li>By 1902 a $4,000 donation by trustees saves the day. </li></ul><ul...
“ Lightning Strikes Old Main” “Fire leaves building in Ruins”  “Fate of school unknown.” The Challenges and Pitfalls Headl...
William Grote  Judge Nathaniel Sears Laura Davidson Sears The Heroes A  1915 drive raises $65,000.
 
The  Ability to Adapt Open in 1924
The  Ability to Adapt Another new business plan Draw more affluent students  from a wider geographic area.
Opened in 1940
 
The 1960s The Challenges and Pitfalls The Academy survives by selling off the Sears family art collection and other assets...
Another fire, 1978
A new vision
New Heroes <ul><li>Marge Kruger </li></ul><ul><li>Arno Gerbrecht </li></ul><ul><li>Clarence Reber </li></ul><ul><li>Mary H...
As a Museum <ul><li>1987, First Floor opens </li></ul><ul><li>1991, Second Floor opens </li></ul><ul><li>1992, Third Floor...
Every Good Story Needs … <ul><li>A visionary goal </li></ul><ul><li>A few heroes </li></ul><ul><li>A few pitfalls and chal...
Old Main 2007 Photo
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  1. 1. 25 Years of Preservation in Elgin A Preface Featuring a short history of Old Main
  2. 2. Old Main 2007 Photo
  3. 3. Old Main 1980 Photo
  4. 4. Every Good Story Needs … <ul><li>A visionary goal </li></ul><ul><li>A few heroes </li></ul><ul><li>A few pitfalls and challenges </li></ul><ul><li>An ability to adapt to changing times </li></ul><ul><li>A happy ending </li></ul>
  5. 5. Elgin Academy <ul><li>Chartered in 1839 as school for secondary education </li></ul><ul><li>It was an idea bigger than the city of 150 residents could support. </li></ul>The Vision
  6. 6. The Visionary
  7. 7. Elgin Academy <ul><li>The doors open December 1, 1856. </li></ul><ul><li>Open to persons of all religious denominations </li></ul><ul><li>Open to both men and women. </li></ul><ul><li>Courses last 1, 2 or 3 years. </li></ul>The Vision
  8. 11. A Bailout? <ul><li>The Civil War slump in enrollment leads to financial problems. The Academy need $3,000 to avoid foreclosure. </li></ul><ul><li>Voters reject the idea of city money being used to buy shares in the school. </li></ul><ul><li>111 Nays, 45 Yeas. </li></ul>The Challenges and Pitfalls
  9. 12. A Hero “ It’s a blame shame to the citizens of Elgin to permit this sale. I will be the one to redeem it.”
  10. 13. A new businesses plan The Ability to Adapt
  11. 14. n The Ability to Adapt
  12. 15. Elgin Public High School <ul><li>In 1884 a new, a free, public high school opens… </li></ul><ul><li>Dependent entirely on tuition paying students the Academy runs into a series of financial crises. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Is the Academy a real need in our situation and times.” The Elgin Advocate </li></ul>The Challenges and Pitfalls
  13. 16. Lovell Hall The Ability to Adapt
  14. 17. Lovell Hall The Ability to Adapt 3 rd Floor : Wood Shop 2 nd Floor: Machine Shop 1 st Floor : Blacksmith and Foundry
  15. 20. Follow the Money <ul><li>What money? </li></ul><ul><li>By 1902 a $4,000 donation by trustees saves the day. </li></ul><ul><li>By 1911, a $40,000 fund raising drive insures that staff will be paid... </li></ul><ul><li>… Once again. </li></ul>The Challenges and Pitfalls
  16. 21. “ Lightning Strikes Old Main” “Fire leaves building in Ruins” “Fate of school unknown.” The Challenges and Pitfalls Headlines from August 17, 1911
  17. 22. William Grote Judge Nathaniel Sears Laura Davidson Sears The Heroes A 1915 drive raises $65,000.
  18. 24. The Ability to Adapt Open in 1924
  19. 25. The Ability to Adapt Another new business plan Draw more affluent students from a wider geographic area.
  20. 26. Opened in 1940
  21. 28. The 1960s The Challenges and Pitfalls The Academy survives by selling off the Sears family art collection and other assets. In 1969 Old Main is abandoned.
  22. 29. Another fire, 1978
  23. 30. A new vision
  24. 31. New Heroes <ul><li>Marge Kruger </li></ul><ul><li>Arno Gerbrecht </li></ul><ul><li>Clarence Reber </li></ul><ul><li>Mary Huddleston </li></ul><ul><li>Leo Nelson </li></ul><ul><li>Golden K Kiwanis </li></ul><ul><li>Many, many , many others…… </li></ul>
  25. 32. As a Museum <ul><li>1987, First Floor opens </li></ul><ul><li>1991, Second Floor opens </li></ul><ul><li>1992, Third Floor opens </li></ul><ul><li>December 2, 2010, you arrive for the plaque ceremony </li></ul>
  26. 33. Every Good Story Needs … <ul><li>A visionary goal </li></ul><ul><li>A few heroes </li></ul><ul><li>A few pitfalls and challenges </li></ul><ul><li>An ability to adapt to changing times </li></ul><ul><li>A happy ending </li></ul>
  27. 34. Old Main 2007 Photo

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